Unintentionally Waiting, Sutthirat Supaparinya


Unintentionally Waiting, Sutthirat Supaparinya


2017, Single channel video, 8.46 minutes

Unintentionally Waiting uses moving images and photographs to show how local governments struggle to facilitate services to the public. On one hand, the local installation of bus-stops is a front to earn more income from the accompanying advertising space, and on the other hand, local authorities want to make a show of striving to solve the long-running problem of inefficient public transportation.

The stops are waiting patiently.
Passengers become waiters unintentionally.

Public buses pass and stop at only some areas
while abandoning them on other routes.
Passengers are kept waiting.
They become sculptures, standing to display advertisements.

At night none of the public buses run.
But the bus stop lights are turned on.
What’s their purpose? Brightening advertising?

The bus stops call eyes to advertising, rather than calling buses to stop?
Bus stops often stand on roads with proper sidewalks in tourist attraction areas where advisement are visible to the largest audience. In some areas the bus stops stand less than a minute walk from each other!  This work exposes the non-functional bus stops of Chiang Mai where passengers wait for buses that never arrive. Their act of waiting is parallel to the larger situation of the country’s frozen progress, with uncertain promises from their leader.

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Sutthirat Supaparinya

Sutthirat Supaparinya lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her works encompass a wide variety of mediums such as installation, objects, still and moving images. Through her works, she questions and interprets public information and reveals what’s structure effect her/us as a national/global citizen. Her recent projects focus on the impact of human activities on other humans and the landscape. Sutthirat seeks to cultivate freedom of expression through her art practice.

As a visual artist among art community in Chiang Mai, she has participated in the founding and operation of CAC – Chiangmai Art Conversation since 2013. CAC has partnered with the Japan Foundation Bangkok and Japan Foundation Asia Center Tokyo to establish Asia Culture Station (ACS) in Chiang Mai, which she has directed since August 2016. CAC aims to promote contemporary art in Chiang Mai while ACS activates Asian culture and its network. Sutthirat earned a BFA in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University and a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts from Hochschule Fuer Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. Recently, she is one of the 2018 winners of Institut Français for an artist-in-residence at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France in 2018.